Xiaojing Yan:In Suspended Silence
|Date:||Friday, Sep 14, 2018 - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018
|Place:||Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Gate
|Price:||This Event is FREE
In her meditative installation, Ontario artist, Xiaojing Yan, navigates natural and cultural realms deeply grounded in Chinese philosophies, myths and folklore. Combining two bodies of work that draw from traditional Chinese ink wash painting and Western portrait sculpture, In Suspended Silence is bound together by Yan’s poetic explorations into the meaning of spirituality and the transformation of self. Yan reimagines these ancient visual languages through a contemporary lens and the personal experience of her earlier life in China and immigrating to Canada.
Inspired by the utopian landscapes depicted in traditional Shan shui paintings, Yan’s hanging walls of silk organza pierced with thousands of pine needles form an evocative panorama of distant mountains rising in the mist. Residing within this floating world eight duplicate portrait busts of a young girl sprout fantastical lingzhi mushrooms from the inside out, becoming one with its young host. The unsettling image challenges Western notions of feminine beauty, yet the resulting tension is restrained by the serenity of each girl’s countenance.
Yan has assembled a world replete with symbolism for contemplation: pine trees and lingzhi mushrooms offer the gift of longevity; and mountains - considered sacred places - provide entryway to the heavens, the domain of magical spirits, divinities and enlightenment. Yan’s immersive space suggests states of suspension and becoming, existential junctures known by the ancients and still relevant in the 21st century.
The Artist will be in attendance at the opening reception on September 13, and give a tour beginning at 6:00pm. The opening is at 7:00pm.
Xiaojing Yan, Lingzhi Girl, 2016-2017.
This event is for All Ages.
Disability access is available.
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Richmond Art Gallery